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Eligibility
Dakota Wesleyan’s work-study program is available to students who are granted a work-study award on their financial aid letter. To determine if you are eligible for the work-study program, contact either the financial aid office or the Center for Talent Development.

Purpose
The work-study program at Dakota Wesleyan is designed to provide convenient employment opportunities to our students with demonstrated financial need. Rather than a “dead-end job,” DWU work-study positions serve as training experiences allowing students the opportunity to build upon their internal resources and learn valuable career skills they can utilize after college. This training also establishes meaningful relationships between student-workers and their supervisors, helping each student develop as both an individual and employee and making their time at Dakota Wesleyan more fulfilling.

Benefits
Students who work a moderate number of hours per week on campus are proven to perform better academically. In addition, this financial aid award is not a loan you must pay back; you earn it, and use it as you see fit. The work-study program also offers a convenient employment opportunity: it allows you to work on campus, often between classes and with your fellow students.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible for work study?
I am not eligible for the work-study program, but wish to participate. What do I do?
I am eligible for the work-study program, but do not wish to participate. What do I do?
I am eligible for the work-study program and wish to participate; how do I find a job?
I have found a job; now how do I get started?
How much will I earn and how do I get paid?

How do I know if I am eligible for work study?
If you are eligible for the work-study program, it will be on your financial aid award letter. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact the financial aid office or the Center for Talent Development. Please note: this eligibility does not guarantee a work-study position on campus. To earn this award you will need to secure a work-study position and work an average of six hours per week. Some students will find they are unable to participate in the work program due to their academic and/or athletic schedules, other part-time employment, or other various commitments.

I am not eligible for the work-study program, but wish to participate. What do I do?
Make an appointment with the financial aid office to discuss restructuring your financial aid package. There are no guarantees, but in some cases, work study eligibility can be negotiated.

I am eligible for the work-study program, but do not wish to participate. What do I do?
If you are eligible for the work-study program but do not wish to participate, simply fill out the work study decline form and submit to the Center for Talent Development or the financial aid office.

I am eligible for the Work-Study program and wish to participate; how do I find a job?
All job openings are on file at the Center for Talent Development, and will be available during finalization and until Sept. 1 of the fall semester. Students choose a job they think sounds interesting and might fit their schedules. Then, they contact the designated supervisor and meet for a discussion on scheduling, expectations and duties.

I have found a job; now how do I get started?
The Center for Talent Development will provide you with a contract for you and your supervisor to sign. Copies of this contract will be distributed as follows: one copy will remain with your supervisor, one copy is for your own records, and the original will remain in your employee file in the Center for Talent Development.

Along with the signed contract, you must also submit a completed Confidentiality Agreement, W-4 Income Tax Withholding Form and an I-9 Immigration Form. You may not begin working until all four documents are on file. The I-9 form is used to verify your identity; because of this, you will need up to two forms of identification to complete the form. Please see a list of acceptable identification on the I-9 form and bring the original document(s) with you when you submit your paperwork.

When you have turned in all four forms (contract, confidentiality agreement, W-4, I-9), you will be given a time sheet. Once you have your time sheet, you may begin working according to the schedule you and your supervisor have agreed on.

How much will I earn and how do I get paid?
Workers are paid $7.25 per hour starting wage. Your total earnings are limited to the amount listed on your financial aid award Letter. During the month you keep track of hours worked on a time sheet; at the end of each month, your supervisor will review the time sheet. Upon approval, you will both sign the sheet and submit it to the business office. On the 15th of the following month, a check is distributed to the student’s campus mail box. Late time sheets will be paid a month later. Please note: Your award amount is the maximum you may earn. The total amount you actually earn is determined by how many hours you work. To earn your maximum award, you will need to work an average of six hours per week.

Important Forms

 For Student-Workers
Confidentiality Agreement
I-9 Immigration Form
Supervisor Performance Evaluation Form (partial)
W-4 Income Tax Withholding Form

Financial Aid Office

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Mitchell, SD 57301
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